Senin, 24 Oktober 2016


By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 24 (Antara) - Illegal levies have been a chronic problem afflicting various public services in many government agencies, including in the Ministry of Transportation.
        It is not only the state that suffers losses as a result of such illegal gratification, but also businesses and people as a whole.
        At the ports, such losses could be to the tune of Rp3 trillion per annum, according to an estimate arrived at by the Electronic Business Association (Gabel). Arnaldi Nasrum posted this information in the Kompasiana column in June last year.
       The industry could be annually suffering a Rp12 trillion loss as a result of losing market share. This is based on the fact that the value of the electronic market has been calculated as Rp27.7 trillion.
        Now, the government is going all out to curb such illegal levies in various institutions. Police arrested officials after they were caught red handed while collecting illegal levies at the Ministry of Transportation premises earlier this month.
         "We discussed the operation mounted against illegal levies (OPP). We received a report from the National Police chief that some officials of the Ministry of Transportation were arrested on charges of illegal levies on shipment documents," President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed after inspecting the search operation at the Ministry of Transportation's premises on October 11.

Sabtu, 22 Oktober 2016


 by Andi Abdussalam
           Jakarta, Oct 22 (Antara) - Indonesia is facing the problem of a growing number of elderly people who are expected to reach over 32 million in the next two decades.
          Indonesia's elderly in 2010 was 4.9 percent, or 11,878,236 people, and this number is projected to increase to 10.8 percent, or 32,112,361 people in 2035.
          Accourding to senior researcher Sukamdi of the Center for Population and Policy Studies (PSKK) of the Gadjah Mada University  (UGM),the country is actually going to face a big problem.
          "The same issue also occurs in other countries such as Japan. However, there is no awareness of the fact that we have a big problem with the elderly. In my view, Indonesia has not shown a sufficient response to the problem of the elderly," Sukamdi said at the UGM campus Saturday.
          The data at the UGM's PSSK on Indonesia's Population projections from 2010 to 2035 indicate that the percentage of the elderly population will increase to 100 percent, he said.
          In 2010, the percentage was 4.9 percent, or 11,878,236 people, and this number is projected to increase to 10.8 percent, or 32,112,361 people, in 2035.


 By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Oct 23 (Antara) - The Indonesian government has since September 2015 issued 13 economic policy packages which have improved the country's investment climate through simplifying regulations which so far impeded investment.
        The economic policy packages have been able to improve not only the investment climate but also increase the competitive edge of the Indonesian economy by encouraging regional and national economic development as well.
         The forming of new bonded logistics centers (PLBs) might be the most successful in the implementation among the series of economic policy packages, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution.
        Therefore, the government is preparing a special economic policy on a logistics distribution system, especially to expedite the implementation of the blueprint on the logistics supply system of the country.
         So far, the government has issued 13 economic policy packages over the past year, marked with massive deregulation, simplifying licensing procedure and cancelling thousands of regional regulation. "PLB has succeeded in cutting logistics cost and improving efficiency in domestic trade," Darmin said addressing a Jakarta International Logistic Summit and Expo (JILSE) in Jakarta on Wednesday (October 19).

Jumat, 21 Oktober 2016


By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 22 (Antara) - The business of e-commerce in Indonesia, like in many other countries, is now developing, recording a total transactions of US$12 billion in 2014.
          This year it is estimated to reach $24.6 billion.
        The volume of e-commerce transactions in Indonesia is still relatively small, namely about one to two percent of the total retail transactions. It is smaller than the world's average eight percent, or the 16 percent in South Korea and 12 percent in the United States.
        Yet the government is taking an anticipatory step to tackle the rapid growth of e-commerce transactions in the country. It will include it in its 14th economic policy package to be announced in the near future.
        Now, various sides, including the relevant ministries/state agencies, are discussing matters on the inclusion of such transactions in the government's Economic Policy Package XIV.  One of the issues that is a focus of discussions is related to taxation. It is expected that imposition of taxes would not put too much burden on the businesses.
        The government will issue the XIV economic policy package, probably in the next two weeks, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution.
       "Perhaps in two weeks. It is still being discussed," Darmin said in Jakarta recently (October 5).

Kamis, 20 Oktober 2016


By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 21 (Antara) - The economic development in two years of President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi's) government has gained positive responses from an economic analyst, financial authority and businesses.
        The Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla (JK) government is considered to have made effective economic breakthroughs and given right responses to global and domestic economic turbulence.
          Businesses also claimed to have gained benefit from the economic development in the past two years.
         "We see that over the past two years, the economic development in the country has been relatively good," Hariyadi Sukamdani, the chairman of the Indonesian Business Employers Association (Apindo) , said in West Nusa Tenggara on Thursday.
         Werry Darta Taifur, an economist specializing in analyzing economic development with the University of Andalas, West Sumatra,  said President Jokowi has been able to make effective economic breakthroughs in his two years at the helm.
         "It was effective because people felt its impact. Of course, we still need one to two years to see the overall results." 

Rabu, 19 Oktober 2016


by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 19 (Antara) - Indonesia, actively working to become a maritime axis nation and expanding its logistics transportation connectivity through a sea toll project, is poised to serve as a logistics center in the Asia Pacific Region.
         With that in mind, the government is developing Bonded Logistics Centers (PLBs) in various parts of the country. So far, it has built 28 PLBs and is planning to build more.
         Now, at least 124 companies wishing to run PLBs business in the country are consulting the government.
         According to Heru Pamungkas, the director general of customs and excise, these 124 companies are currently having consultations on the establishment of Bonded Logistics Center (PLBs). 
    "A total of 124 companies are consulting the Customs and Excise Office. Every week, we have a consultation forum to give a chance to these companies to convey their interest. We assist and provide explanations to them so that they understand various technical matters, facilities and objectives of the PLB," the director general said on the sidelines of the Jakarta International Logistics Summit and Expo (JILSE) in Jakarta on Wednesday.

         Heru noted that of these 124 companies, nine or ten can be asked to run PLB business in the near future.

Selasa, 18 Oktober 2016


 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 18 (Antara) - Indonesia's exports have been declining over the past three quarters of this year, but they still record a surplus when compared to the imports during the same period.
         The values of Indonesia's exports in the January-September 2016 period were recorded at US$104.36 billion, while its imports in the same period stood at $98.69 billion, thus recording a surplus of $5.67 billion.
         The values of Indonesia's exports over the past three quarters of 2016, which stood at $104.36 billion, declined by 9.41 percent when compared to its exports in the same period a year earlier.
         Indonesia's imports in the January-September 2016 period, which totaled $98.69 billion, also dropped by 8.61 percent over the same period in 2015.
         Based on the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), Indonesia's export performance in September 2016, which stood at $12.51 billion, declined when compared to that in August, which amounted to $12.74 billion.